10 Books In 10 Minutes Series

Ten Books In Ten Minutes: Lovely London

Thanks for joining us for our 10 Books in 10 Minutes Facebook Live Event! (coming soon!) Sharing stories from around the world is an amazing gift to give any child. Putting the world in a young mind’s hands is one of the best ways to create productive, understanding adults. Books like this allow readers to develop life skills like empathy, cultural understanding, and a global sense of self. Let’s dig in to books about London!

London icons
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TGC strives to connect travelers with quality literature and media that allows the curiosity in all of us to thrive. More importantly, the most powerful tool we have to be the best travelers we can be, regardless of our age, is gobal literacy. So, for more great reads and connections to travel and culture, click hereNote that some of the links below are affiliate links. I only recommend products & brands I love and that I think you would love, too!

Mary Poppins

Full disclosure: I am not promoting an unnamed recently released movie. I am, however, promoting a fantastic piece of literature that will certainly promote your lexicon! P.L. Travers’ epitome of literary perfection is Mary Poppins. I know, I know, you saw the movie and it was delightful but, folks, the movie is just the tip of the iceberg! Trust me when I say that the movie is only half of Mary’s charm.

Travers books are in-depth, thoughtful, smartly written with a timelessness that needs enjoyment as well as effort. Travers dives deep into Edwardian England and gives one a sense of historical understanding. This book is the perfect read aloud for young imaginations or an addictive bedtime read for the older set. So, go beyond the Jolly Holiday and put away the sugar because a spoonful of the one and only Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way! For more on a perfect Mary Poppins Tour of London, click here.

London City Trails

Straight from the publishers of some of the best travel guides for children comes London City Trails. This book, great for your older explorers, has over 15 walking tours themed for every interest a kid could dream up! From crown jewels to fancy parks, this book covers England’s capital covered. The pages are designed to explore all aspects of culture and get your kids excited about visiting this amazing place.

101 Dalmatians

Did you think that this story was a creation of Disney? Me Too! But, it turns out, that this British classic is so much more than the enchanting movie. Join original author Dodie Smith as she develops the rescue of all those spots from the dastardly Cruella DeVil. Included in this 2-books-in-one volume, is a second book about Pongo and Perdita as they explore the city. With chapters about the National Gallery and Trafalger Square, this classic is perfect!

Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone

What more do I need to say? Harry’s story is a sensation for a reason but, ask any Potterhead and they will tell you “don’t rely on the movie!” The book really is that much better. In the first of the series, Harry must head into London to get his school supplies and catch the train. J.K Rowling’s writing brings the city alive in the imagination of all who read it! There are many tours available that are themed for the devotees of the wizarding world. Just remember, read the book first!!

Katie In London

Katie and little Jack befriend one of the lions in Trafalger Square. It turns out the the lion is an EXCELLENT tour guide! He brings the children on an adventure across the big city and makes it more accessible to their young minds. This pick is perfect for those little ones who may need a bit of support in new spaces and for those adventurers who are ready to take on the next challenge in equal measure.

Will’s Quill

Shakespeare needs some help! and he finds it in an unlikely source. Introduce your kiddos to the bard through this clever English Classic that is designed to fill in a little information about his life in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Henry, The Queen’s Corgi

What happens when a clever corgi becomes the center of a royal mix-up? Check in with Henry who is always conjuring up another plan winds up with a VIP pass to the plushest palace in town. But how will he get back to his true family?

Winnie The Pooh

Half way to the coast as you go southbound from London is Ashford Forest. This is home to the famous 100 Acre Wood of Winnie-The-Pooh fame. Don’t be fooled, long before Pooh bear and his friends were in nurseries, the classic by A.A. Milne is meant for much older kids who can grasp the imagination of Christopher Robin. As with most quality children’s literature, it’s perfect reading for every age!

The Queen’s Hat

The wind has taken hold of the Queen’s very favorite hat! All of the Beef Eaters come to her aid and chase the royal hat all over town. Perfect to start introducing royalty and London’s icons

This Is London

If there were one book that started the travel literature craze for kids. this is it. From the “This Is” series, take a look at every London icon out there and explore this very big city before you touch down.

War Horse

This WWI epic is about a young man and the horse that sees him through the war. This book is so moving that it was turned into a West End hit and a blockbuster movie. If you are trying to connect your tweens and teens with history, look no further.

10 Books In 10 Minutes Series

Ten Books In Ten Minutes: Alaska’s Iditorad

Thanks for joining us for our 10 Books in 10 Minutes Facebook Live Event! Sharing stories from around the world is an amazing gift to give any child. Putting the world in a young mind’s hands is one of the best ways to create productive, understanding adults. Books like this allow readers to develop life skills like empathy, cultural understanding, and a global sense of self. So let’s look at a few books about Alaska!

Alaska's great wilderness
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TGC strives to connect travelers with quality literature and media that allows the curiosity in all of us to thrive. More importantly, the most powerful tool we have to be the best travelers we can be, regardless of our age, is gobal literacy. So, for more great reads and connections to travel and culture, click hereNote that some of the links below are affiliate links. I only recommend products & brands I love and that I think you would love, too!

Togo

The biggest story out of Alaska surely has to be the story of 1925. During that horrific winter, the citizens Nome were in desperate need of medication to battle Diptheria. The only way to get it there was by sled. Togo led the team with musher Leonard Seppala inspired the tradition of the Iditorad challenge that continues to this very year.

The Great Serum Race

Learning about the race to get serum to Nome introduces quite a few new teams including famous Balto. Learn how the weather had these teams dig deep to accomplish the unthinkable. This non-fiction read gives the play by play of the musher’s success.

Born To Pull

Dogs that are involved in mushing are an interesting mix of athlete and brave hero. Explore dog sledding as the sport that it is. From team positions to the lingo, learn all about how to make a team out of a group of energetic pups!

Mush! Sled Dogs of the Iditorad

Time to introduce you to the hall of famers from this amazing race and see their determination shine through in great photos. Get an idea of what it’s like to devote your life to 998 miles of trails.

Storm Run

in more recent times, many other athletes have attempted the famous run. The first female to win the Iditorad is Libby Riddles. Libby, who you can meet today, came in first back in 1985. She speaks about achievement and challenge often. Her book is a great read!

Danger, The Dog Yard Cat

While Libby has always loved her dogs, she found great happiness with a particular cat named Danger. This feline dreams up a fanciful tale of being the lead cat in the big race. It may just be a dream but cats can think big too!

L Is For Last Frontier

In this installment of the global alphabet series, learn everything about Alaska from Forget-Me-Nots to Northern Lights. I love these books for fast paced overviews of all of these wonderful, truly Alaskan moments.

Up On Denali

Learn all about the tallest mountain in the US and how it has affected the Alaskan frontier since its formation. Full of scientific facts and beautiful illustrations, this is truly a book to explore before you go explore in real life.

The Giant Cabbage: An Alaska Folktale

Join Moose and his friends as he grows quite the cabbage. It’s so big, in fact, that he wins top marks at the fair. But what do you do with a giant cabbage once you’ve won the prize? Find out what Moose and company do!

Alaska’s 12 Days of Summer

Summer in Alaska doesn’t last long. So, what, or should I say, who should you find when the weather is a bit kinder? Lots of critters await in this fun take on the classic song.

10 Books In 10 Minutes Series

Ten Books In Ten Minutes: New York City

Thanks for joining us for our 10 Books in 10 Minutes Facebook Live Event! Sharing stories from around the world is an amazing gift to give any child. That includes these great books about New York City. Putting the world in a young mind’s hands is one of the best ways to create productive, understanding adults. Books like this allow readers to develop life skills like empathy, cultural understanding, and a global sense of self.

NYC at night
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TGC strives to connect travelers with quality literature and media that allows the curiosity in all of us to thrive. More importantly, the most powerful tool we have to be the best travelers we can be, regardless of our age, is gobal literacy. So, for more great reads and connections to travel and culture, click hereNote that some of the links below are affiliate links. I only recommend products & brands I love and that I think you would love, too!

New York City Trails

Straight from the publishers of some of the best travel guides for children comes New York City Trails. This book, great for your older explorers, has over 15 walking tours themed for every interest a kid could dream up! From the Battery to the Bronx, this book covers NYC covered. The pages are designed to explore all aspects of culture and get your kids excited about visiting the city that never sleeps.

Lost in NYC

Hang on tight! We’re going to get lost to have a great adventure! Lost in NYC is a great graphic short story perfect for the reluctant tween in your travels. Follow the story in real life or on a map!

Gracias, The Thanksgiving Turkey

There’s a little boy who misses his father a lot! But his dad sends him a little reminder that he’s on his way in the form of a real live gobbler! So, what happens when you’ve got a turkey in the big city? This neighborhood sized book will fill you in.

Balloons Over Broadway

Learn the true story of how the country’s most beloved Thanksgiving parade became the amazing Thursday morning spectacular it is! Start way back in the 1920’s to find out how those giant balloons started making their way down Broadway.

Lily and Miss Liberty

When the Statue of Liberty was gifted to the United States, it had one big issue: where to put it?! During the very hard days of the early nineteenth century, many of the city’s young citizens raised money to lift Lady Liberty up on put her on the pedestal that she stands on today. This great chapter book is perfect for grade schoolers

Little Miss Liberty

What’s a green girl to do when she needs to get ready to represent a generation? Check out this charming take on how Lady Liberty grew up to become the shining light she is now. Perfect for the younger set.

At Ellis Island

What was it like to be one of the masses that passed through the most famous immigration station in history? Read this story to find out the hardships and the triumphs and how Ellis Island became the first words in new chapters for so many Americans.

Roller Coaster

What’s it like to whoosh down the clackety wooden rails of a roller coaster? If you plan on stopping at Coney Island, this is a great read for your little dare devils!

Nana In The City

When your Nana is a city girl, what can you do? Find out in this charming read about how Nanas sure do know how to have fun!

Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief

Native New Yorker, Percy, is having a difficult time at every school his mother enrolls him in. Little does he know that forces way beyond his power are at work in this incredible mesh of New York City life and the Greek Gods. Join him on one crazy journey to discover the thief! Percy’s story takes him to a few NYC landmarks that you can visit today.